Daring Fireball: The Final Cut Pro X Backlash
mikegoubeaux says, “John Grubber always seems to get it.”
Second best breakdown of the new Final Cut Pro, which echos my frustration that the legacy Final Cut Pro was discontinued upon the release of Final Cut X.
I actually don’t care about this so much as a user, I worry more that with most tools used in film, people have given this software some humanist characteristics when we describe it. i.e in the above blog link, towards the bottom, the writer was amazed how fast it could put together a story….. No editing software, no matter how cool, new, or featureless; will fix a bad edit/editor, help you find that perfect shot that no one shot, or make a story easier to tell…. that, friends, still lies in the hands of the editors. I have never heard a painter say, “damn this new fancy paint brush just figures out the composition it’s self” and thats just that. use it or dont, it wont make a damn difference to my editing style.
I think Gruber’s point is that this is really a non-issue. Nothing changes in the short term for professional editors. FCP Studio 3 is still great. In the mean time, said editors, smartly, get an opportunity to participate, or with even less effort, simply watch the development process on Final Cut Studio’s replacement.
For those of you that plan to run both versions of the software, take a careful look at Apple’s Best Practices for FCPX installation here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4722
Apple is notoriously ruthless with it’s transitions. They tend to not fuck about. And in 18 months or so I predict that all of us that open FCP will be opening the one that ends in X.
I just dont understand why we have to watch the development of a program. What’s the fucking point of them launching this piece of shit, erasing features no one uses, like making an OMF for sound designers.. I mean who uses that anymore, and then have us wait years till they bring the features back so we can think they are great. Why not just keep working on it for those years and give me something amazing. This makes Avid look much better than it did a week ago.